December 12 2001 RussCon Report

Game Results
Meta Party Game Results
Evening's Soundtrack
19 of us played 21 games.

JP wasn't here for the 2nd week in a row -- which means he must be enjoying his wacky road trip to New York City!

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clare kirkBig news for BobK and his wife KT who are new parents again! Longtimers will recall the first time Bob was a new dad, he and KT had twins, so after this second birth they have 3 kids. Good luck!

There will be RussCon As Usual December 19 and December 26.

Game Results

TallyHo2Daniel 1 Fred -1
Carcassonne3Clayton 2 RussW 0 Fina -2
Tichu2( William Ben ) 1 ( JeffF Jonobie ) -1
SchottenTotten2RussW 1 Clayton -1
Attila4Brad 3 Tim 1 Whendy -1 Marty -3
Tichu2( JimG Ben ) 1 ( William Fred ) -1
Vampire3Marty 2 Fina 0 Tim -2
DiaDeLosMuertos2( Daniel RussW ) 1 ( JeffF Jonobie ) -1
Tichu2( Jeffles Clay ) 1 ( Dan PJ ) -1
Tichu2( JimG Ben ) 1 ( Whendy William ) -1
6Nimmt6Tim 5 Daniel 3 Clayton 1 Dan -1 Marty -3 MarkY -5
Caesar&Cleopatra2Jeffles 1 RussW -1
Caesar&Cleopatra2Jeffles 1 RussW -1
Bluff4MarkY 3 Whendy 1 Dan -1 Daniel -3
Tichu2( William JimG ) 1 ( Ben Whendy ) -1
Acquire3Jeffles 2 RussW 0 Brad -2
Frank'sZoo5Marty 4 Tim 2 MarkY 0 Dan -2 Daniel -4
Can'tStop3Daniel 2 MarkY -1 Dan -1
Tichu2( JimG William ) 1 ( Ben Whendy ) -1
Tichu2( William JimG ) 1 ( Marty Ben ) -1
Tichu2( William JimG ) 1 ( Marty Ben ) -1

Dia De Los Muertos was a wacky trick-taking card game (isn't it a pity those aren't more popular here lately?) that involved pets, kids, and adults going to heaven with food and wacky special effects and nifty art. It was somewhat chaotic but enjoyable.

Jeffles & I played a couple games of Caesar & Cleopatra, which he trounced me at. We agreed there was some luck to it, especially in the 2nd game where over and over we kept getting a useless (but no doubt enjoyable) orgy when the influence was in my favor and an election when the influence was in his favor. I want to play more to find out if I'm just stupid at the game as well or not. It was fun, albeit a smidgen long for a simple elegant 2-player German game. Plus it has all those hot ancient Egyptian babes.

Several people, especially William, have some emotional investment in Tichu's popularity: for those keeping score at home, it is now the 6th most played RussCon game!

There were also several unrecorded games of solitaire and go.

Meta Party Game

I was the Meta Devil. Here is the Meta Game I emailed out:


In the Antisocial Meta Game, you don't like playing with lots of people. Maybe you're shy, or maybe you prefer pure strategy without all that multiplayer diplomacy, or maybe you like to keep your opponent directly in front of you, or maybe you've just had one too many elbows poke you at a crowded table. Or maybe you're just an antisocial psychopathic ax murderer.

Your Meta Score is equal to the mean of the number of players (i.e. humans, not teams) in all the games you play. The low score wins.

E.g. if you play a game of Tichu (4 players) and a game of go (2 players), then your Meta Score will be (4+2)/2 = 3.

Ties will be broken by whoever played the most games of Cosmic Coasters, just because. Further ties are broken randomly.

Well, nobody actually played Cosmic Coasters, alas, but JimG and especially Brad made a point of playing several games of solitaire (a game which doesn't show up in Devil Points ratings, partly because I'm not sure how it should be handled and partly because it's silly), and Brad even played some go with Clayton. Brad's superior solitaire playing skills earn him the exalted throne of Meta Devilhood this week, and I heard rumors he has a Meta Game in mind that is appropriate for this long-awaited time of year (and no, I don't mean Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa).

Evening's Soundtrack

Blue Velvet, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Wild at Heart, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Twin Peaks, Music Composed by Angelo Badalamenti
Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me, Music Composed by Angelo Badalamenti
Lost Highway

I finally saw the latest David Lynch film Mulholland Drive and enjoyed it.


Rank ratings:
 1.0000 JimG (6 games played)
 1.0000 Jeffles (4)
 1.0000 Clay (1)
 0.4286 William (7)
 0.4286 Tim (4)
 0.2500 Clayton (3)
 0.2000 Brad (2)
 0.0000 Daniel (6)
 0.0000 RussW (6)
-0.1250 Marty (6)
-0.1429 Ben (7)
-0.2143 MarkY (4)
-0.3333 Whendy (5)
-0.4000 Dan (5)
-0.5000 Fina (2)
-1.0000 Fred (2)
-1.0000 JeffF (2)
-1.0000 Jonobie (2)
-1.0000 PJ (1)
New Win ratings:
 1.0000 JimG (6)
 1.0000 Jeffles (4)
 1.0000 Clay (1)
 0.4286 William (7)
 0.4000 Brad (2)
 0.1429 Tim (4)
 0.1250 Marty (6)
 0.0625 Daniel (6)
 0.0000 Clayton (3)
 0.0000 MarkY (4)
-0.1429 Ben (7)
-0.2500 RussW (6)
-0.3333 Dan (5)
-0.5000 Fina (2)
-0.5556 Whendy (5)
-1.0000 Fred (2)
-1.0000 JeffF (2)
-1.0000 Jonobie (2)
-1.0000 PJ (1)
JimG is the Devil! Jeffles is the Vice-Devil. William is Vice-Vice-Devil (since Clay pulled a Brady Maneuver).


Stairway to Gilligan is a rather surreally humorous rendition.

Speaking of surreal, this short movie has George Lucas and animated classical Japanese art. I have no idea what it means.

Ideas to Stop Pre-Movie Ads!

go The upcoming film A Beautiful Mind (starring Russell Crowe and loosely based on the life of mathematician John Nash) may have a scene with go! (From the main page, click on 5th annoying obscure link "Exercise Your Mind", then click on "Trivial Mind" to see this picture at the site, which needlessly requires Flash.) John Nash and Piet Hien independently discovered the 2-player pure strategy game Hex, about which there are many websites including this one.

Download a virtual theremin for your PC or Mac.

Wondrous Vulva Puppets just might be a perfect albeit expensive Christmas gift for that Special Someone.

Unusual tombstone.

A serious plug for Zone Alarm which I've recently installed and recommend to Windows users for security; it is now blocking many unauthorized accesses to my machine. And thanks to Marty for some recent help with a Trojan horse that had found its way onto my machine.

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